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Celebrate the Holidays at Navy Pier

Celebrate the Holidays at Navy Pier

November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration. Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting […]

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November 29, 2016

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Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.

Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa in Polk Bros Park. With caroling, live entertainment and plenty of holiday magic, this event is a sure hit for all.

On December 3, witness thousands of Santas dashing, dancing, and prancing along a lakefront course full of candy, cookies, and all of your favorite holiday imagery. We’re looking forward to hosting the post-race festivities full of food and drink specials from a variety of partners.

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Experience the best of the season at the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest through January 8. Featuring photo opportunities, rides, the Chicago Blackhawks indoor skating rink and more, the Fest offers fun for the whole family.

Various Chicago musical groups will perform in Polk Bros Park on Saturday December 3, 10, and 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m during Jingle Jamz. The green gateway to the Pier will feature various commended groups like the Wicker Park Choral Singers, Soul Children of Chicago, and Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.

Warm up with the flavors of Chicago when you visit the pier. Help us welcome neighborhood favorites like Brown Sugar Bakery and DMK Burger Bar or revel in classics such as Billy Goat Tavern, Harry Caray’s, Riva Crabhouse or Garrett Popcorn. Food court classics like McDonald’s are on site as well.

Navy Pier is also the home of destinations like the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, an AMC IMAX Theatre, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. With several fun holiday activities for the little ones, the Chicago Children’s Museum is a great destination to beat the winter blues.

The Centennial Wheel is of course, our pièce de résistance. Savor the sights of the city day or night from the comfort of our climate-controlled gondolas. Illinois residents can take advantage of discounted Centennial Wheel tickets and reduced parking fees through the winter.

To learn more about holiday happenings on Navy Pier, click here.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest 2016

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest 2016

November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family. Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant […]

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November 17, 2016

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We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family.

Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant Holiday Howdy Horse, Christmas tree, and visits with Santa are the perfect place to capture photos for those holiday cards.

Taking our Hot Cocoa Cups for a spin is the best way to beat cabin fever. Rise above the fair on the Cliff Hanger or our indoor Ferris wheel.

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Let loose on our inflatable attractions. Challenge your friends and family to a race down the Arctic Plunge or dive through the Polar Extreme obstacle course.

Our Jingle Gym Jr. is full of fun for our younger guests. Attractions like Snowball Blitz, the Gumball Bouncer, an Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course and more cater to those 36” and under.

The whole family is welcome to try their hand on our mini golf course and Aquafina Create-A-Cookie House. Skate like your favorite Chicago Blackhawks on the indoor ice rink that shares their namesake.

Your imagination can soar as you scale our Ice Peaks Climbing Wall and take a polar plunge on one of our many slides.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens everyday at 10 am, December 2 through January 8 and will be closed on Christmas. Find more information about our hours here.

Make a day out of Winter WonderFest and purchase your tickets online. Our Activity Pass includes admission and access to all of the rides and activities. The Mini Pass is perfect for younger kids or adults that are simply accompanying their children. Learn more about the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at navypier.com/winter-wonderfest

3 Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

3 Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016 Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a […]

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November 11, 2016

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[Image Credit: Ludovic des Cognets]

Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a bang.

Battle of the Bard

Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have combined their unparalleled talent once again for the high school Shakespeare slam, Battle of the Bard (BOTB). This year, the program expanded to include 50 schools and 300 high school students across the Chicago and metropolitan area, allowing them to perform their own creative renditions of Shakespeare’s canon in a slam-style arena. Building on the universality of Shakespeare’s ability to speak to all, student performances combine the playwright with experiences from their own lives, developing a unique culture of community throughout the Chicago region.

This isn’t your average student theater program, and is one seasonal event you won’t want to miss. The Final Bout will be performed by the nine top-scoring teams from the Prelims on Monday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.

Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths

‘Tis the season of laughter, joy, and everything in between. Spymonkey, the United Kingdom’s leading physical comedy company, will be performing The Complete Deaths from Nov. 30th to Dec. 11th upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare A World’s Stage.

There are over 70 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar to Hamlet, and Spymonkey will be reenacting all of them with an emotional twist. While the performances of each tragic fate vary, humor is always expected. This highly anticipated play will leave you shaking your belly like a bowl full of jelly, in the somber and hysterical tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Shakespeare Tonight!

Swing into the holiday season with an inspiring and heartwarming musical event, Shakespeare Tonight!, on December 5. This mesmerizing marriage of Shakespeare and cabaret will feature top cabaret and musical theater performers from Chicago and beyond. Written by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director, Bob Mason, with musical direction and arrangements by nationally renowned cabaret artist, Beckie Menzie, this captivating performance is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a new light.

Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention

Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention

November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016 Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier:  A Century of Reinvention.” In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of […]

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November 4, 2016

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Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier:  A Century of Reinvention.”

In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre and the Chicago Children’s Museum, as well as that of several special events, Navy Pier has served as an epicenter for culture in Chicago.

The world’s largest public pier and most visited leisure destination of the midwest recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In honor of our history and future to come, the Pier’s “Centennial Vision,” has enhanced the Pier through new dining options as well as visually stunning landscape and design features. The first part of the vision became a reality this summer with the unveiling of the Polk Bros Park Plaza at the beginning of the Pier, a greener and more contemporary South Dock promenade, the Polk Bros Park Fountain and of course, the installation of the Centennial Wheel.

Join Geoffrey Baer as he shares some little-known history of the Pier in an hour long special for PBS. Hailing from the northern suburbs, Baer is known for hosting or producing more than twenty various series for PBS including “10 That Changed America” and “Where in Chicago? With Geoffrey Baer.”

Geoffrey Baer’s “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention” premiered on WTTW Chicago last month and is available to stream for free on WTTW’s website.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Provides Fun For the Whole Family

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Provides Fun For the Whole Family

October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016 Returning to Navy Pier once again this fall, the fourteenth iteration of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held in Festival Hall November 19- 20, 2016. With previews of the hottest toys and unique events like the annual Star Wars Luncheon, ChiTAG is the perfect opportunity for you and your […]

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October 28, 2016

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Returning to Navy Pier once again this fall, the fourteenth iteration of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held in Festival Hall November 19- 20, 2016.

With previews of the hottest toys and unique events like the annual Star Wars Luncheon, ChiTAG is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to unwind before the holidays.

On Friday, November 18 witness Toy & Game history during the PlayCHIC Fashion Show. Now in its 5th year, the PlayCHIC Fashion Show pairs toy and game companies with renowned fashion designers to channel their products through haute couture fashion.

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Experience the Tesla Model S on a smaller level as Radio Flyer brings a test track and their version of the famed car to Navy Pier. “Adult” versions of the Tesla S and X models will also be on hand.

Get your child’s gears turning by entering the fair’s annual Young Inventors Challenge or the Young Tech Challenge! New this year, the Young Tech Challenge invites creators ages 8-22 to present their best tech ideas for the chance to win prizes, get feedback from the industry’s top play experts, and showcase their work to the media.

Join PomPomWow as they try to create a PomPom 20 feet tall and break the world record!

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is open to the public Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20 10 am to 5 pm.

Early bird tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased here through November 14. Admission is free the entire weekend for Educators and Librarians, Scouts in uniform, Retail and Trade individuals, and Military Personnel and for Grandparents on Sunday, November 20. Learn more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair here

SOFA Expo 2016

SOFA Expo 2016

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 This year’s Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Expo features a number of attractions including a selection of Lectures & Talks, Special Exhibitions, and the CONNECT student design competition. You can’t go wrong with any exhibit, but check out some of the highlights you should not miss!  “Judy Mulford: Empty Chairs” Presented by browngotta […]

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October 20, 2016

This year’s Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Expo features a number of attractions including a selection of Lectures & Talks, Special Exhibitions, and the CONNECT student design competition. You can’t go wrong with any exhibit, but check out some of the highlights you should not miss! 

“Judy Mulford: Empty Chairs” Presented by browngotta arts

Judy Mulford’s mixed media installation, Empty Chairs, features 80 individually designed dollhouse chairs in frames. Empty Chairs is an autobiographical work Mulford created on the cusp of her 80th birthday and in celebration of life. Mulford’s work has previously been displayed at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and the 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Hungary.

CONNECT

Take a moment to sit, relax, and CONNECT to the fair as you enjoy the winning installation of the fourth annual CONNECT design competition. Students from six of the most promising design schools in America have been invited to compete for the opportunity to win $3000 and have their design be created by the Corning Museum of Glass at SOFA. Watch as the winning proposal will be created onsite during at the Corning Museum of Glass’s Hot Glass Roadshow stage.

“Who’s Joey Watson?”

Friday, November 4 11:00 am – 12 noon Room C

When asked about his work, up and coming artist Joey Watson stated, “I’m interested in the forces that ritual objects imply and the sequence of operations necessary to activate them. The work that I make is intended to be utilitarian, but within specialized circumstances.” Watson will discuss how his use of fabrication techniques and digital technology contribute to the performative nature associated with functional ceramics

Landscape of Glass in America: Benchmark for the Future

“Landscape of Glass in America” is the first presentation of research findings collected by the Glass Art Society and Chihuly Garden and Glass. An analysis of where the most active glass art communities in America are, this exhibit also incorporates work from exhibiting SOFA galleries that exemplify the top five trends of the country’s glass community.

SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday, November 4 and Saturday November 5, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. General Admission tickets are $20 for a single day or $30 for a three-day pass and available in advance or at the door. Students and senior (with ID), and groups (10 or more) are $15. For more information and advance ticket sales visit www.sofaexpo.com

SOFA Expo returns to Navy Pier

SOFA Expo returns to Navy Pier

October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016 On Nov. 3-6 2016, it’s time for one of our favorite events of the year — a new edition of SOFA Chicago. The annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair has been lighting up Navy Pier since 1994, and this year’s exposition looks like it will be one of the best yet. […]

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[Image Credit: K. Jordan]
[Image Credit: K. Jordan]

October 14, 2016

On Nov. 3-6 2016, it’s time for one of our favorite events of the year — a new edition of SOFA Chicago. The annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair has been lighting up Navy Pier since 1994, and this year’s exposition looks like it will be one of the best yet.

Unlike a lot of similar art events, SOFA puts its emphasis on three-dimensional pieces that split the difference between decorative and fine art. Littered with different, unique galleries full of masterpieces by today’s top artists and designers all over the world, SOFA pulls in about 35,000 people a year, with an average of $15-20 million in sales per show.

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[Image Credit: K. Jordan]

What to do at SOFA

Wherever your interests lie, it will be hard to fit all of them in over the three days we’re hosting SOFA Chicago.

Let’s say you love both fine wines and even finer jewelry. Be sure to stop by Art and Wine: Gioiella in Fermento, an international exhibit in which studio jewelry designers have drawn their inspiration from the wine world to create beautiful works of raw craftsmanship. Or let’s say you’d rather think more locally: An exhibit curated from the very best of the young Chicago artists studying at ChiArts (Illinois’ very first public arts high school) can’t be missed. And then, in honor of World AIDS Days on Dec. 1, there’s LIFE : FIGHT : LOVE, which stands against the notion that the fight against AIDS is already won; HIV/AIDS survivor Jim Petrakis will share his experiences throughout the fair while living in a space full of challenging art designed by DIFFA/Chicago.

With many additional special exhibits on display, over 50 galleries from across the world, lectures and more, SOFA Chicago 2016 is a bonafide can’t-miss for art lovers. And with the incredible views from Navy Pier, we can’t imagine a better way to spend a long weekend.

[Image Credit: K. Jordan]
[Image Credit: K. Jordan]

Attending SOFA Chicago

We will be hosting SOFA Chicago in our Festival Halls A and B. You can even use a complimentary art shuttle service between SOFA, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the River North Gallery district. Here’s a map of everything going down at Navy Pier on Nov. 3-6 and where to find them.

There’s a wide range of options for tickets, from a $30 three-day pass to the $150 opening night VIP preview. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more ticketing information, just go here and order your tickets to the art event of the year now.

A Spooktacular Time: Halloween at Navy Pier

A Spooktacular Time: Halloween at Navy Pier

October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016 Ready to get your spook on? From trick-or-treating to fireworks, Navy Pier is your haunted headquarters for two weekends this Halloween, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-31. Grab your family, friends and scariest – or kookiest – costume for nonstop free activities and surprises lurking around every corner. Navy Pier will also host […]

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October 7, 2016

Ready to get your spook on? From trick-or-treating to fireworks, Navy Pier is your haunted headquarters for two weekends this Halloween, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-31.

Grab your family, friends and scariest – or kookiest – costume for nonstop free activities and surprises lurking around every corner. Navy Pier will also host a few adults-only ticketed events, which are sure to be a nightmarish nights out.

Halloween festivities kick off with a special screening of “Hotel Transylvania” on Saturday, Oct. 22. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy the old-school frightening flick at 6 p.m. at Polk Bros. Park.

Navy Pier will also participate in The Halloween Gathering Spectacle Parade, sponsored by the The Chicago Cultural Mile, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. This colorful event brings together some of the city’s top cultural organizations and artists for a march along Columbus Drive from Balbo Street to Monroe Street.

But that’s just the beginning. Other highlights include a haunted maze, trick-or-treating and speciality Lake Michigan cruises. See the full schedule here.

Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treat along Navy Pier with a stampable “passport” and redeem it for a prize. Trick-or-treating will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31 from noon to 4 p.m.

Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze

Navy Pier’s funhouse maze gets a monstrous twist this holiday. On select nights, explore 4,000 square feet of terrifying tunnels and mazes during Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze. The Haunted Maze will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28; 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; and 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Admission is $15 per person.

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Costume Contest

Show off your most creative costumes and terrifying transformations during a family-friendly costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 29. Head to the Family Pavilion to register at 4 p.m., or watch the contest beginning at 5 p.m.

Halloween Fireworks

Enjoy a Navy Pier classic with a creepy twist. A special Halloween Fireworks display will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 p.m.

Additional ticketed, 21+ events:

  • The 2nd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball: Celebrate with costumed flair in the Grand Ballroom for a night of dancing with the walking dead at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Purchase tickets here.
  • Nightmare on the Pier: Step out on Lakeview Terrace and continue the party at the Haunted Halloween Ball with 3,000 of your creepiest friends and additional DJs, cash bar and fireworks at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Purchase tickets here.
  • The Haunted Ghost Ship Aboard the Spirit of Chicago: Enjoy a night of midnight madness aboard the haunted Spirit of Chicago at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Sip cocktails and boogie with the boogieman until much past the witching hour. Purchase tickets here.
  • Shipwrecked Halloween Party Cruise: Let your Halloween costume party set sail aboard the Spirit of Chicago at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Drink from a cash bar and party with a live DJ spinning the best hits of the year. Purchase tickets here.
Take a Seat for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Show Lineup

Take a Seat for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Show Lineup

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016.  The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, […]

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September 30, 2016

Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016.  The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, Chicago Shakespeare Theater will continue to engage audiences around the city.

Be sure to catch Tug of War: Civil Strife at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier which will be running till October 9th. Power plays, ego, lust, humor and, yes, even love: no writer surpassed Shakespeare in portraying the forces that drive leaders to war—or the wisdom and valor of the common soldier. Twenty-two actors including a four-member band form the company that will satisfy your craving for a multi-episode immersion into some of the most brilliant stories of the cyclical human condition.

Hamlet gets turned on its head in The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan. Internationally renowned Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into one of China’s most impressive forms of traditional art, setting the story in the fictitious ancient Chinese state of the Red City. Here, as in Shakespeare’s classic, the prince becomes disillusioned after discovering his uncle has killed his father and seduced his mother.

One month wasn’t enough for King Charles III, so you’ll be able to see this spectacular event from November 5 – January 15, 2017. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for best new play, playwright Mike Bartlett artfully invokes the pomp and prose of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The Queen is dead. Long live the King. King Charles III, that is. After decades as “king in waiting,” Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act: to rubber stamp Parliament’s bill restricting freedom of the press, but Charles III refuses in a provocative act of conscience.

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In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The Winter’s Tale will be on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage from December 14-21. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.

Have Yourself a Merry Santa Hustle 5K

Have Yourself a Merry Santa Hustle 5K

September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K. Grab your favorite group of […]

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September 23, 2016

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The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K.

Grab your favorite group of elves for a trek along the lakeshore with stops for cookies, candy, music, and more. Throw your Santa beard on to keep you warm along with your brand new performance hoodie! Once you cross that finish line to get your well-deserved medal, you can hustle on over to Navy Pier for the post-run after party. 

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The bars at Navy Pier open early at 10 a.m. to help you celebrate your great holiday achievement. Be sure to keep your race bib to take advantage of all the great food and drink specials. As you’re getting into the holiday spirit, you’re also supporting the American Cancer Society. So register before it’s too late and we’ll be waiting at the Pier with a drink for you after the Santa Hustle!

 

 

Fall into a New Season of Events at Navy Pier

Fall into a New Season of Events at Navy Pier

September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at […]

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September 16, 2016

Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at Pier Park before they close for the season. We’ve got a full season of fun planned at Navy Pier before winter strikes and we can’t wait to see you there.

 

EXPO Chicago

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EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fifth edition in 2016, Expo Chicago presents artwork from leading international galleries and offers a curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology. The museum-quality, concept-driven programming will attract the world’s top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors, all with the common aim of fostering new dialogue within the international art community. For more information, click here.

 

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Before winter comes, you can enjoy the best winter activity. Our summer ice rink will remain open until October 31! Bring your own ice skates or rent them at the rink. 

Mystic Blue Craft Brew Cruises

Mystic Blue and Brewfest Partners are excited to host a series of Craft Brew Cruises departing from Navy Pier. Cruise with us on Lake Michigan and enjoy samples from some of the hottest craft breweries while you snack on light bites, dance to DJ entertainment and take in views of the beautiful Chicago skyline. Book Your Cruise Online.

The Haunted Halloween Ball

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, for an evening of mischief, mayhem, and memories for the Haunted Halloween Ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom! With panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, step inside the elegant Grand Ballroom for a decadent evening of mystery, glamour, and gruesome costumes. This evening of haunted grandeur offers access to two parties (The Haunted Halloween Ball at Grand Ballroom + Saints & Sinners at Lakeview Terrace) for the ultimate night of luxury and fright. This is one chilling affair presented by ChiTownEvents.com you won’t want to miss. Click here for more information.

Miller Lite Presents: Park Tailgate and Ride at Harry Caray’s Tavern

Celebrate Bears’ football with Miller Lite and the best tailgate party in Chicago. Come to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier where you can park, party and ride to all Chicago Bears’ home games in style. Food specials and ticket giveaways aren’t a bad touch, either. Click here for more information.

EXPO Chicago Returns for Fall 2016

EXPO Chicago Returns for Fall 2016

September 9, 2016

Image Credit: @EXPOchicago via Instagram September 9, 2016 Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016. Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting […]

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September 9, 2016

Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016.

Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting work from emerging galleries with EXPOSURE, a section for younger galleries to participate in a major art fair and for curators, collectors and patrons to see the best in innovative art.

EXPO Chicago also includes dynamic on-site programing, including:

  • Special Exhibitions: Exhibitions showcasing select international organizations, nonprofits and institutions
  • /Dialogues: Panel discussions presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • EXPO VIDEO: A curated selection of new media, film and video works.
  • IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside: Dramatic installation art including suspended and large-scale works both inside and around the city of Chicago.
  • EXPO Projects: A curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.

Special Exhibitions

The Special Exhibitions program features select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations to be included on the main floor of the exposition. EXPO CHICAGO’s Special Exhibitions offer unique, high-quality installations, joining 140 leading galleries from around the world featured throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall. Complementing the surrounding elements of the fair, this program illustrates and preserves the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations.

See the 2016 participants here.

 

/Dialogues

Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. This year’s presenters include world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich; author and cultural sociologist Sarah Thornton and artist Kerry James Marshall; artist Deana Lawson and Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami Franklin Sirmans; Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection – Château de Montsoreau Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.

See the full list of /Dialogues presentations here.

EXPO Art Week

Highlighting the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and visitors, EXPO Chicago —in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)—presents EXPO Art Week Sept. 19-25. With the exposition as its centerpiece, EXPO Art Week features the city’s most prestigious institutions with select aligned programming for this citywide celebration of arts and culture including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, outdoor installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances.

See the full list of EXPO Art Week events here.

Tickets and hours

EXPO Chicago is open for General Admission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Purchase General Admission tickets here.
Vernissage 2016, the preview event, opens the fair with a grand reception fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Education Fund. The extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA’s Women’s Board, is Chicago’s most anticipated art event of the year. Purchase your tickets for Vernissage 2016 here.

Harry Caray’s Tavern Covers the Bears Game Essentials

Harry Caray’s Tavern Covers the Bears Game Essentials

September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016 Football season is upon us, Bears fans. By default, so is tailgating season!  However, in the bustling city of Chicago, finding a place to park, tailgate and ultimately end up at the big game can be a daunting task. The solution? Tailgate at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier presented by Miller […]

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September 2, 2016

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Football season is upon us, Bears fans. By default, so is tailgating season!  However, in the bustling city of Chicago, finding a place to park, tailgate and ultimately end up at the big game can be a daunting task. The solution? Tailgate at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier presented by Miller Lite with the best park, tailgate and ride options in town.

Parking & Free Transportation

Why should you wrestle through Soldier Field parking when you don’t have to? Parking at the Pier is only $15 with validation. After that is taken care of, let Shoreline Water Taxi or Windy City Limo services get you to Soldier Field.

For home games from August 11th – October 31st, the first 150 Harry Caray tailgaters receive complimentary round trip cruise via Shoreline Water Taxi. It’s both scenic and convenient! If the weather is less than cooperative, Miller Lite will provide a free bus alternative.

For home games from November 27th ­– December 24th, Miller Lite will provide the first 150 Harry Caray tailgaters with a free round trip bus ride from Windy City Limo. 

Tailgate Menu Items

Harry Caray’s Tavern has crafted a list of specials exclusively for Bears tailgating season. For each home and away game, specials include nachos that seem to be piled a mile high, crispy 14” Oven Fired Pizza and Miller Lite Buckets.

Each 12pm Sunday home game will be accompanied by delicious brunch specials starting at 9 am. This includes their scrumptious chilaquiles, decadent thick cut french toast and the ever-popular Bloody Mary Bar.

Explore the complete specials menu here.

Free Exclusives

When it comes to a good tailgate, free swag is always welcomed with open arms. Thankfully, Miller Lite presents the Chicago Bears VIP Experience Giveaway. This means Miller Lite will be giving away a limited number of VIP tailgating packages every home game, including two tickets to an all-you-can-eat, pre-game buffet at Harry Caray’s, two Miller Lite Loft Chicago Bears tickets, free round-trip transportation from Harry’s to the Game and free parking at Navy Pier. Enter for a chance to win here.

The Road Crew from 101.9 The MIX will also be giving away free Miller Lite Bears swag and playing your favorite hits at each tailgate. We’re excited.

Bears Schedule

Check out the Chicago Bears Schedule and plan your tailgates for the season!

  1.     Sept. 11, 12:00 pm @ Texans
  2.     Sept. 19, 7:30 pm vs Eagles
  3.     Sept. 25, 7:30 pm @ Cowboys
  4.     Oct. 2, 12:00 pm vs. Lions
  5.     Oct. 9, 12:00 pm @ Colts
  6.     Oct. 16, 12:00 pm vs Jaguars
  7.     Oct. 20, 7:25 pm @ Packers
  8.     Oct. 31, 7:30 pm vs Vikings

*$30 purchase required at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier to receive parking voucher and transportation tickets. Validation must be obtained at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier. Vouchers and tickets valid only on day of purchase. Maximum one parking voucher and four transportation tickets per party; available on first come, first served basis while supplies last. Parking offer valid for self-parked cars in Navy Pier garages at 600 E. Grand on Chicago Bears home game days for cars parked up to 3 hours prior to game time until up to 3 hours post game time. 50 vouchers are available per home game. Windy City Limo and Shoreline cruise offer valid on Chicago Bears home game days. 150 tickets are available per home game. Additional Shoreline Water Taxi tickets will be available for purchase at their ticket booth on game day.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Chicago Dancing Festival Leaps into its 10th Year at Navy Pier

Chicago Dancing Festival Leaps into its 10th Year at Navy Pier

August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 For the first time since the inception of the Chicago Dancing Festival, a much anticipated “promenade-style” evening of performances will be held at Navy Pier. We invite you to join us on August 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Polk Bros Park for a world-themed program entitled “Planet Chicago.” Guests can help […]

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August 25, 2016

Chicago Dancing Festival

For the first time since the inception of the Chicago Dancing Festival, a much anticipated “promenade-style” evening of performances will be held at Navy Pier. We invite you to join us on August 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Polk Bros Park for a world-themed program entitled “Planet Chicago.” Guests can help celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, while also paying tribute to our very own Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.

The Chicago Dancing Festival was created by Chicago natives, choreographer Lar Lubovitch and veteran dancer Jay Franke, 10 years ago. It began as a single performance on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and has grown exponentially into a weeklong extravaganza. “One of our goals with the Navy Pier program is to generate even more interest, especially among young people,” says Franke.

On August 26, guests of the Pier can expect the following ensembles:

5:30 p.m. – Forward Momentum Chicago in Polk Bros Park

A traditional South African Gumboot dance, featuring more than 80 young dancers from Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, and schools and studios throughout Chicago.

5:45 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from Polk Bros. Park to the East platform (East End of Pier)

6 p.m. – Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago at East Performance Platform

A performance of contemporary and ancient African, African-American and Caribbean dance, music, and folklore.

6:20 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from the East platform to the Wave Wall platform

6:30 p.m. – Natya Dance Theatre Wave Wall Performance Platform (South Dock at base of Centennial Wheel) 

A contemporary performance of the classical Indian dance-theatre art of Bharata Natyam

6:45 p.m. – Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Wave Wall Staircase

A tap and percussive dance piece performed by Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s resident performance ensemble

7:00 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from the Wave Wall platform to the West platform

7:10 p.m. – Gingarte Capoeira at West Performance Platform

A performance of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form combining dance, acrobatics and music, featuring Mestra Marisa Cordeiro, the only woman Capoeira Mestre in the United States.

7:20 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional to the Polk Bros. Park Fountain

7:30 p.m. – Forward Momentum Chicago at the Polk Bros Park Fountain

A cumulating performance of the Gumboot dance, which invites all audience members to join the dancers for a participatory event in the newly created Polk Bros Park Fountain.

7:45 p.m. – Show concludes

Prepare to be inspired by movement and thoroughly entertained. This expertly curated string of performances will be the talk of Navy Pier!

Feast at the Great American Lobster Fest

Feast at the Great American Lobster Fest

August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 Catch the third annual Great American Lobster Fest on September 2-3 2016. Prepare yourself for lobster everything – lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, and the best darn lobster rolls you can get your hands on. No, really. They were voted the best in Chicago by Time Out Chicago. However, if seafood […]

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Great American Lobster Fest

August 18, 2016

Catch the third annual Great American Lobster Fest on September 2-3 2016. Prepare yourself for lobster everything – lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, and the best darn lobster rolls you can get your hands on. No, really. They were voted the best in Chicago by Time Out Chicago.

However, if seafood does not fit your fancy, the list of land food is just as lengthy. So if the lobster loaded fries or lobster on a stick aren’t speaking to you, the deep fried Oreos, loaded baked potatoes, and craft sausages certainly will.

If your palate is more classic, have no fear. There are plenty of less eccentric options such as grilled lobster tails, Chicago style hot dogs, and homemade nachos.

There are so many ways to access this deliciousness.

A Lobster Meal with Grand Ballroom ticket includes a choice of either a steamed lobster or lobster roll accompanied by corn on the cob, potatoes, and a dinner roll. Also, general admission access is granted to events (like the amazing Dirty Dozen Brass Band) in the Grand Ballroom with these tickets.

VIP ticket holders receive a lobster meal, 8 drink vouchers (including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), and exclusive access to VIP bars, the VIP balcony, and VIP entertainment areas.

Lobster Hero Feast table tickets grant access to a private, reserved table seating for groups of either six or 10 people for two hours. The tickets also include 30 or 50 pounds of whole steamed lobster, Grand Ballroom tickets for each person, Lobster Fest T-shirts, plus VIP passes. Explore these VIP areas once you’ve filled up on delicious lobster, corn-on-the-cob, and more! Call your lobster-loving friends ASAP, because these tickets sell out quickly!

Lobster Brunch Cruise tickets include a 3-hour cruise on Sunday, September 4, on Lake Michigan with a delicious brunch buffet of seafood and non-seafood selections. Seating is guaranteed and entertainment will also be provided. This is the best way to get your last taste of a lobster-filled weekend.

The main festival area at the end of the Pier is open to the general public and is free of charge! This includes seafood and land food options for purchase, vendor shopping, carnival games, and the beer garden. There’s no excuse not to come! For more information, visit americanlobsterfest.com.

If you want to try your luck with the lobster, enter to win Great American Lobster Fest tickets on our Facebook page! Fifty winners will receive Grand Ballroom tickets, and one lucky winner will win the VIP experience. Good luck!

Experience the Chicago Air and Water Show at Navy Pier

Experience the Chicago Air and Water Show at Navy Pier

August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns on August 20-21, 2016 and we know just where you need to catch the action. Watch Charles Tillman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more hit the sky and the water in this free event. Come down to […]

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Air and Water Show

August 11, 2016

The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns on August 20-21, 2016 and we know just where you need to catch the action. Watch Charles Tillman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more hit the sky and the water in this free event. Come down to Navy Pier and watch this aerial show from one of our many great locations along the lake!

Watch at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

The Miller Lite Beer Garden is the ideal location to sit back, enjoy some cold beverages, and watch the show. Satisfy your summer cravings with beer-battered delights; with brats, burgers, pizza, and more, the beer garden offers all of your summertime favorites. Located on the east end of the pier, the beer garden sits right on the lakefront giving you a perfect view of the show. All ages are welcome and entry to the garden is free! And don’t forget to stick around for the live music starting at 2 pm.

Dine at a Restaurant Patio

Along with the beer garden, we also offer a variety of restaurants and outdoor seating to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Riva Crabhouse are all superb spots to eat while enjoying the event. Each offers a different menu, specialty cocktails, and the option to sit outside and watch the show or beat the heat and relax in cool indoor seating.

Hop aboard a Cruise

What is one of the coolest ways to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show? Actually on the lake! All aboard Entertainment Cruises for the best view in the city and an experience fit for the whole family. Dance to live DJ entertainment, take advantage of a delicious buffet, and bask in the beautiful skyline view while enjoying the talented pilots’ performances. Choose from the early air and water preview brunch cruise, the lake breeze dinner lounge, or the blue after dark moonlight cruise to see the show and have some high-flying fun! Along with Mystic Blue, the Odyssey and Spirit Cruises will also be offering Chicago Air and Water Show cruises.

Navy Pier is the perfect place to watch this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show. Gather your friends and family for good fun, food, and a fantastic aerial performance. Whether at the beer garden, one of the restaurants, aboard a cruise, or even on our new Centennial Wheel, join us here for this spectacular show.

 

Get out and Move at Navy Pier

Get out and Move at Navy Pier

August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016 Attention all seekers of calorie-burning fun: we now have the perfect excuse to get you outside and moving. Staying active can be tedious and easily slip to the wayside. We totally get it. That’s why we’ve created this list of our new programs to add a little boost to your lifestyle. Rush […]

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August 4, 2016

Attention all seekers of calorie-burning fun: we now have the perfect excuse to get you outside and moving. Staying active can be tedious and easily slip to the wayside. We totally get it. That’s why we’ve created this list of our new programs to add a little boost to your lifestyle.

Rush Hour Free Fitness Class

Why muddle through the herds of people trying to get home during rush hour when you can get your fitness on instead with Fitness Formula Clubs? Pack exercise clothes and head to our South Dock after work on alternating Tuesdays!

Zumba and WERQ classes are held on every other Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Both classes offer lively, yet easy-to follow, programs that are enjoyable for people of all skill sets. The Zumba classes are a mixture of Latin and other international music and dance moves. Meanwhile, the WERQ classes consist of your favorite chart-topping jams. That definitely beats clamoring through the rush hour bustle.

Stroller Derby Free Fitness Class

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We have great news. You no longer have to find someone to watch the kids while you escape to for a quick sweat sesh. They can be part of your work out, thanks to our partnership with Fitness Formula Clubs!

In this total body workout, your stroller or child acts as a resistance tool. People without strollers or children are also welcome, so feel free to invite friends to join. Classes are led by a Fitness Formula Club pro every Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., on our South Dock at the Wave Wall steps, so be sure to catch the next one!

Pier Dance

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A huge Chicago “must” this summer is a night spent dancing under the stars along the glistening lake. It’s a breathtaking way to create memories with a significant other or a great group of friends.

Live music is played to make this partner dancing experience one of a kind. Select dates also offer an instructional class on the genre being featured. These dances are free every Thursday from 8 p.m. – 10p.m., so you have no excuse not to go!

With so many great options, there’s bound to be something that fits into your day to day. Whether it be a work out session or a night spent dancing, these programs will get you movin’ and groovin’ this summer.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 Five years ago, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program was created. Since then, over 80,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of their performances. A must-see this summer is Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s free production of Twelfth Night.  This unique production will be performed in 12 different locations around Chicago on varying dates. Each […]

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July 29, 2016

Five years ago, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program was created. Since then, over 80,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of their performances. A must-see this summer is Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s free production of Twelfth Night.  This unique production will be performed in 12 different locations around Chicago on varying dates. Each site consists of a temporary stage assembled for the 75-minute play. The production’s mobility allows people from different Chicago communities to enjoy the performance in their very own parks.

This complex comedy is focused on a girl named Viola who was separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck. Disguised as a man, Viola enters Duke Orsino’s service under the name Cesario. The Duke is in love with a woman named Olivia whom refuses to entertain the fancy of any man. Therefore, the Duke uses “Cesario” as a messenger to proclaim his love to Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, unaware “he” is actually Viola.

Gather a picnic and some good company to enjoy the showing of Twelfth Night nearest to you. August dates and locations are listed below:

  • Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
    • MARQUETTE PARK, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. 12
  • Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.
    • PIOTROWSKI PARK, 4247 W. 31st St. 13
  • Friday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
    • DVORAK PARK, 1119 W. Cullerton St.
  • Saturday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 4:00 p.m.
    • 14 WELLES PARK 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
    • 15 COLUMBUS PARK 500 S. Central Ave. 16
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6:30
    • HAMILTON PARK, 513 W. 72nd St. 17
  • Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
    • HUMBOLDT PARK, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave. 18
  • Saturday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
    • ECKHART PARK, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. 19
  • Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m.
    • PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

To find out more about this specific production, visit: http://bit.ly/267tVaG

To find out more about Chicago Shakespeare Theater, visit: www.chicagoshakes.com

 

Pokémon Go at the Pier

Pokémon Go at the Pier

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of.  Here are four reasons why […]

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July 14, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of. 

Here are four reasons why Navy Pier is the best spot in Chicago to play Pokémon Go.

Tons of Pokéstops

From the Chicago Children’s Museum on the west end to the U.S.S. Chicago Anchor at the East End, more than 20 Pokéstops are spread across Navy Pier. Three are just the pier itself, and others include the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, rides in Pier Park, the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Family Pavilion.

Hit them all with one walk down – by the end, your proverbial pockets will be full – and replenish again on your way back for extra XP and items.

Two Gyms

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass and the dock near Tall Ship Windy are the two gyms at Navy Pier.  While both are tightly locked down by team Mystic at present, the surplus of Pokéstops means it’s easy to replenish your revives and potions so that you can attempt to take over the gyms for your team. 

Pokemon Go Poliwag

Water Pokemon Galore

Navy Pier is swimming with water pokémon. Tentacools, Poliwags, Shellders, Goldeens, Staryus and more are all around. There were also a few stray electric types, like Magnamite and Voltorb. There have been rumors of rare Pokemon here too. We spotted a Dratini but it swam away before we could catch it!

 

With all this Pokemon action, remember to revive yourself with a snack from our awesome food options like Rainbow Cone, Chango Loco, or one of a handful of eateries in the New Food Experience. And of course, there are other things to do at Navy Pier outside of leveling up in Pokémon Go. But then again, those gyms aren’t going to be reclaimed for your team themselves.

The Ultimate Guide to a Booze Cruises at Navy Pier

The Ultimate Guide to a Booze Cruises at Navy Pier

July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016 Getting sucked into the same kick-back routine is normal. There is a certain comfort in going to the same bars, having a routine beer in the evening, or even a weekly wine night at home. However, here’s the harsh reality: you’re better than that. It’s about time you pour a glass of […]

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July 7, 2016

Getting sucked into the same kick-back routine is normal. There is a certain comfort in going to the same bars, having a routine beer in the evening, or even a weekly wine night at home. However, here’s the harsh reality: you’re better than that. It’s about time you pour a glass of something a bit more special, and join us on one of our booze cruises. There’s definitely a cruise to fit your ideal date or group outing.

Spirit’s Chicago Cocktail Cruises

Select Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Recharge the right way on one of our fun-packed cocktail cruises. Boarding at 3:30, enjoy a floating bar, top-notch drinks, and the Chicago skyline. Take a group of friends, co-workers, a date, or go to meet new people!

Spirit’s Eat, Drink, & B. Mary Brunch Cruises

Select Sundays from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Brunch has been proven best while observing Chicago’s magnificent skyline. This cruise consists of freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dessert dishes (menu here) as well as unlimited tea and coffee, DJ music, and interactive games. Upgraded tickets include Custom Bloody Marys, cocktails, wine, beer, and window table reservations. This cruise is also family friendly!

Odyssey’s Champagne Taittinger Dinner Cruises

Select Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

If you’re looking for a night of pure elegance, the Odyssey’s Champagne Taittinger Dinner Cruise will do just the trick. Based in Reims, France, Taittinger Champagne’s flagship wine are the Comtes de Champagne. The cruise includes dinner, a complimentary glass of Tittinger Champagne, onboard intertainment, and one of a kind views of the city. Boarding takes place at 6:00pm.

Seadog & City Winery Chicago Wine Flight River Cruises

Alternating Thursdays until September 15th from 7:15pm – 8:30pm

Seadog’s Wine Flight River Cruises are a great way to start off an evening of sophistication. Cruises sail along the Chicago River for a total of 75-minutes with commentary and breathtaking views of the city’s unique architecture. Each passenger receives a total of five 2 oz. samples of wine (about two glasses total), as additional glasses are available upon purchase. Passengers board the cruise at 7:00pm.

Seadog Chicago & Lagunitas Beer Flight River Cruises

Alternating Thursdays until September 8th from 7:15pm – 8:30pm

The Lagunitas Beer Flight River Cruises are perfect for a “sit back and relax” type of evening. Take in the city’s towering architecture as Lagunitas representatives speak on and offer four beer samples. Passengers board the cruise at 7:00pm.

Shoreline Brew Cruise

July 15th & August 5th from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Revolution Brewing, a Chicago-based brewery, is partnering with Shoreline Sightseeing for these lively evenings of festivities. Sail through Chicago while enjoying the sights, live music, crafty appetizers, and most importantly, seasonal craft beer samples. Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure.

Wine Tasting With Lynfred Winery

July 21st and September 16th from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

August 19th from 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Lynfred Winery, Illinois’ oldest and largest family-owned winery, will be joining Shoreline Sightseeing’s Wine Tasting Cruises. Each cruise sails through Chicago’s beautiful waterways and consists of Lynfred wine samples, refreshments, and a brief wine course. These cruises are guaranteed to be a classic evening for the books. Boarding takes place 15 minutes prior to departure.

 

No matter what routines you have settled in, we have the perfect booze cruise to fit your idea of fun. Be it an eventful evening or boozy brunch, date or group outing, we promise to help you explore new waters, literally.  

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